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good morning, america. i'm george stephanopoulos. >> and i'm robin roberts. it is wednesday, january 5th. and this morning, jackpot. two winning tickets sold in the massive megamillions lottery splitting the $355 million prize. we have the numbers. and we'll show you their amazing connection to one of america's most popular tv shows. changing the guard. new speaker john boehner and his republican team set to be sworn in this morning. diane sawyer sits down with the tea party ten. and we speak live to the father and son setting out to revolutionize washington. mystery solved? new details on why thousands of birds suddenly fell from the sky and the frantic 911 calls as it all unfolded. and the voice heard around the world. a second chance for this man after a stranger heard his golden pipes on a street corner. >> you're listening to nothing but the best of oldies.
you're listening to magic 98.9. >> his amazing break, this morning. good morning, everyone. well, here's a clue that we didn't win. we're still here. >> yeah. $10 i'll never see again. oh, well. fun while it lasted. >> it was fun while it lasted. and people were buying up the tickets all day long in 41 states. the jackpot finally hit $355 million. and here are the winning numbers as they were called. >> 15. that's followed by 47. up next we have 4. that's followed by 25. and the final white ball for this tuesday evening is 8. >> and the megaball number is 42. >> you hit it, you hear it there. 42 was the magic number there were two tickets splitting the prize.
idaho. and one in washington state. well, steve osunsami is in the atlanta studio where those winning numbers were drawn last night. good morning, steve. >> reporter: good morning, robin. here is where the magic happened for the winners. one of those winning tickets we're told was sold in ephrata, washington. the eastern side of that state. if it had rolled over, the jackpot would have become one of the largest in the world approaching nearly $500 million but those two winners in idaho and washington state. if the winners chose the cash option, they would take home $224 million between the two of them. for obvious reasons, people in 41 states, the capital, and the british virgin islands were lined up. >> when i came in this morning, the staff was all abuzz.
because the numbers looked familiar to them. remember the hit abc show, "lost"? and hurley, who won at the time on the program, the biggest lottery in history. remember that? well, take a look. >> and that makes tonight's megalotto jackpot drawing 4, 8, 15, 16 and 23 with the meganumber 42. whoever has those numbers has won or will share in a near-record jackpot. >> that's right, mary joe. because this is the 16th week without a winner. >> reporter: how unlikely it is that there would be a match of those numbers. the numbers again last night, were 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and 42. if you played the "lost" numbers, you got four of the numbers correct. an incredible coincidence here. and that would have netted you, robin, $150. >> $150. and we know how it changed hurley's life. okay, steve. let's break down the numbers a little more here on america's smart screen. as you said, $355 million. looks good. if you took the 26 annual payments, as steve said, that would break down to
$177,500,000. now, again, there are two winning tickets. one in washington state and one in idaho. so that is the annual payout. if you took the lump sum, though, that would come out to almost $112 million. but, of course, uncle sam has to take his cut. and so, you see, it breaks down to just about $5 million per year after the federal taxes taken out. with the lump sum, you see that that breaks down to almost $84 million. but wait. there is more to be taken out. of course, with estate taxes and in idaho, that means it would go down to $122 million. but there's no state tax in washington state. so you get to keep a little bit more, and what does that boil down do in the lump sum? again, a little more in washington state. i think a lot of people are thinking about moving out that way now, george. >> i'm certain you're right about that. robin, thanks very much. we turn from payouts to campaign compromises. it's a big day in washington. nancy pelosi will hand the gavel
to the new republican speaker of the house john boehner after more than four years of democratic control. jon karl is on capitol hill covering it all. and jon, the big question, what's atop the republican agenda? which promises might they keep? and which might slide? >> reporter: george, as the new republican era begins in the house today they will make it clear that the top of their agenda is basically undoing much of what president obama has accomplished in the last two years. but that will be presented with humility about how much they can do. later today, john boehner's first speech as speaker of the house. hard work and tough decisions will be required of the 112th congress. boehner will say, according to excerpts of his speech released by his office, "no longer can we fall short. no longer can we kick the can down the road. the people voted to end business as usual and today we begin carrying out their instructions." back in ohio, most of boehner's 11 siblings joined friends on a bus ride to washington to watch
their brother become the country's most powerful republican. >> to go from such a small person to, you know, such a big job, he's going to have a big job ahead of him. >> reporter: house republicans have already outlined their opening plan of attack. week one, repeal obama care, all of it and start work at putting something in its place. week two, cut spending. so far they've identified only one specific cut. $35 million from the budget for congressional offices. that's a far cry from the at least $50 billion they've promised to cut by the end of the year. boehner has made this a low-key, sober transition. last night, some rookie republicans hosted a private fund-raising gala at this swanky washington hotel. $2,500 a ticket with a guest performance by country singer leann rimes. >> we run a tough election. we have to raise money for tough elections. >> reporter: boehner and other republican leaders decided not to attend that fund-raiser last night.
that's because as they have said repeatedly this is not a time for lavish celebrations but instead is a time to get to work. robin? >> certainly is. jon, thank you. 87 freshman republican senators sworn in the house. a dozen in the senate. many identified with the tea party movement. and our dear friend diane sawyer spent a lot of time and sat down with ten of them as they prepare to deliver on their promise to change. >> they are here. rubber meeting the road, as somebody said, walking in the door. that's right. about half of them, half of the freshmen identify with tea party in one way or the other or were endorsed by the tea party. we had a chance to talk with them about everything. what are they going to say when they see nancy pelosi for the first time, after campaigning against her. but they're human. first, they have to decide, where do they live? where do they sleep when they move in? that's where they'll start tonight. >> i'm one of the sleepers. >> what do you have, a sleeping bag, a sofa?
>> a blow-up mattress. they work out very well. >> i'm going to be living with my dad here. i'm 47. and i'm moving back in and told dad he didn't have to worry about late night parties anymore. >> reporter: they are ophthalmologists, dentists, farmers, pottery shop owners. they say they heard the people, and they're ready to fight. >> people in the united states have been angry and for the right reasons. >> and the country has said very directly, stop the spending. restore a smaller sense and size of government. >> the federal government is too big and it's too expensive. it's trying to do too many things. it's trying to tell us where to go to the doctor and how to pay for it. it's not supposed to do that. >> reporter: they are vowing to slash $100 billion in one year and overturn health care. so i wanted to know, since taxpayers subsidize congress' health care plan, would they give that up, too? one member says, absolutely. >> first of all, congress should not be exempt from the rules they pass. and that's exactly what happened here.
in fact, i asked everybody to denounce that because we shouldn't be taking that unlike anybody else in regular, everyday america. >> reporter: the rest of you who are not renouncing it, how do you answer this? >> there's a big difference between receiving health insurance through one's employer and on the other hand establishing a national program. that tells people where to go to the doctor and how to pay for it. >> reporter: but the taxpayer doesn't have an option but to support. the taxpayer has though choice. >> health care regulation is fundamentally a creature of state law. >> reporter: they're divided, even among them. choices are not going to be easy. but they're walking in with their constitutions in their pockets, determined this will be different. give me the one word that best expresses what you felt when you walked in, knowing you were here. >> i'd say humbled. >> the imminence of the problems. >> determined. >> determined. and, you know, robin, it's interesting to me that they have to grapple on so many levels with, for instance, farm
subsidies. a number of them got farm subsidies as you'll see when we talk further about it. are they going to renounce farm subsidies? here it is. if you want to get the taxpayers a break, how far do you take it? and they have tough choices. and we talk about it all. >> oh, you do. and they're not the first ones to go to washington with the right intentions and feeling, you know, the things that they talked about to get elected. and then, getting to washington. why do they think it will be different with them to be able to have the constitution and whipping it out in their pocket to be able to maintain what they want? >> there is a moment in this interview. and i said to them -- i had them raise their hands about a lot of things. and i said how many of you expect to be here if two years? nobody raised their hands. >> in ten years? >> two. >> in two years? >> two. now, some of the senators will be, of course. >> right. >> but nobody raised their hands. >> huh. >> they said we're not coming here on the premise that we'll be here for life. that's not what we're going to do. and the movie they've all watched, "mr. smith goes to washington." exactly. >> i'm sure they did.
>> exactly. so in this moment on this historic day, they really believe they've come for one mission. and that's what they're going to get done. >> all right. and so much more tonight. >> so much more. >> thank you. >> and thank you for letting me borrow your clothes, as i always used to do. >> she's got my belt. >> those are your earrings. >> i have my own earrings. george, i looked through your closet. >> i didn't do that bad coming to work. it could work. good to see you. >> me too. we're going to get into some of the tough choices now with one of the people you saw in diane's piece. rand paul, he's going to be the one that is living with his father. he's the new senator from kentucky. he joins his father ron paul the congressman from texas and when they're both sworn in they'll make history. the first time a father serves in the house, while his son serves in the senate. gentlemen, welcome to you both. i guess you are the reverse of the kennedys. you had senator ted kennedy and his son patrick. you guys are the opposite. >> good to be with you. >> good to see you all. let's get into some of the
tough choices you are going to face that diane set up right there starting with the cutting of the spending. i look at this pledge to america that so many republicans ran on this year. it says, we will roll back government spending to prestimulus, prebailout levels, saving at least $100 billion in the first year alone. yet we read this morning in "the new york times," let me start with you, senator-to-be paul saying that they're scaling back, that ambitions -- aides to the house republican leader say the goal is $50 billion to $60 billion. are you on with that? >> our goal is a little more ambitious. we have a bill that we're working on that will be $500 billion. you snow, $50 billion is not even scratching the surface. the debt problem is enormous. you know, we're bringing in about $2 trillion in spending, nearly $4 trillion. so $50 billion is not enough to scratch the surface. we have to find much, much more. if you go back just to 2008 levels, that's $100 billion. we have to at least do that. >> well, but your leaders are at least in the house, congressman
paul, say they're not doing that. they're only going for the $50 billion, $60 billion. and they've come up with specific cuts of $35 million. are you disappointed in your leaders? >> well, the interesting thing is is when we interviewed all the new people to congress yesterday with diane, you found that there was some steadfastness there to push the leadership toward more. in fact, a lot of us think that raising the debt ceiling should be linked to a balanced budget rule and that immediately if you want us to vote to raise the debt ceiling, promise, in awe, that you will balance the budge from here forward. the people are tired of it. the people don't want to add more debt. the people are worried about the debt and what it does to our economy. >> you talk about raising the debt ceiling. let me get to that. the president's chief economic adviser, austan goolsbee, was on talking about that on "this week" on sunday and he said the failure to raise the debt limit would be catastrophic. take a look. >> the debt ceiling is not something to toy with. if we hit the debt ceiling,
that's essentially defaulting on our obligations, which is totally unprecedented in the american history. the impact on the economy would be catastrophic. >> he said it would be catastrophic. congressman paul, at one point he said it would be insane. how far are you going to push this? what would be the worst outcome? failing to extend the debt limit or failing to secure the spe spending limits you're talking about? >> i think failing to stop the spending and not raise the debt. that's the most important thing. there's always a default. he's just talking about a different type of default. every year we default because we just print the money and pay our bills with cheap money. not raising the debt limit is admitting that we're in default and cheating people all the time. so it's very, very important that we do this. and this would stop and make us think. this is what would happen on the state level. and this is what should happen with businesses. but eventually, we just can't keep bailing out everybody by
printing the money and pretending we're not defaulting. >> so if you pushed this, you describe this as default. if you push this and the country actually goes into default, do you find that acceptable? >> the interesting thing is, you know, president obama in 2006, voted against raising the debt ceiling. he said our leaders were being irresponsible and were not cutting spending the way they did. and so, you know, just two years ago, president obama thought it was the responsible thing or four years ago now, to vote against raising the debt ceiling. i think what it is, nobody wants to shut government down. nobody wants to stop the park rangers from getting their salary or their teachers from getting their salary. what we want, though, is not to give up and say, oh, just do whatever you want, like it's always been. all the new people coming to washington are going to insist that it changes. and that if we raise the debt ceiling, it has to be linked to
something. and we're not talking about $50 billion in cuts. you have to link it to, say, from the future, from here on out, we're going to balance the budget. >> go ahead, congressman. last words? >> well, i'm saying, i don't see this entirely as a budgetary problem. i see this as a philosophy of government problem. if you don't repeal the welfare warfare state and get rid of the incentive to do this, you can't deal with it. nobody wants to give up on the militarism of our government that we pursue. nobody wants to give up on welfare. and right now we're at a point where there's so much momentum there won't be any significant cuts until we have a financial dollar crisis. and that's what's coming. and that's why it's crucial. i fight for cutting back and cutting the spending and cutting the taxes, but, unfortunately, we're going to pursue a policy that's going to bring us down in a much more difficult way than us having a closure of government and facing the fact that we're bankrupt and we can't pay our bills. >> okay, gentlemen, thank you both for your time this morning. congratulations. >> thank you. robin? >> all right, george.
we're going to switch some topi now, because there are new details this morning about the mystery swirling around the thousands of birds that fell from the sky in arkansas. now, another state reporting a similar incident of birds plummeting to their death. matt gutman is in little rock with the latest, and a lot of people want to know, what is going on here, matt? >> reporter: good morning, robin. 500 birds in louisiana crashed to their death yesterday. we had more dead bird sightings in kentucky. and here at the arkansas state lab they're still trying to work out whether or not it was disease or perhaps poisoning that drove those birds to commit effectively suicide. so many questions about what triggered the mass blackbird plunge in arkansas. people had lots of theories when they reported the dying birds to 911 there new year's night. >> they're like bleeding out of the mouth, and some of them are not dead. i think they've been poisoned. >> reporter: others were simply confused. >> yes, ma'am. i was wondering why the birds are just like dying? >> we're trying to find that out. >> reporter: have you ever seen anything like this? the number of birds killed? >> this is probably the biggest amount of birds that died in all one small area, one square mile
that there has ever been in arkansas. >> reporter: the panic intensified yesterday when 500 other birds were found dead in neighboring louisiana. >> we have blackbirds, starlings, sparrows, several species of birds are affected. >> reporter: but that apparently was pure coincidence. those birds slammed into a power line. what happened in arkansas? disease is one theory. another, maybe the birds were tangled up in some atmospheric disturbance. >> it's conceivable that this mass suicide was sparked by some kind of an atmospheric disturbance. also, there's a possibility of a microburst. >> reporter: arkansas' chief veterinarian still thinks that fireworks panicked them and they crashed to earth. but the only thing scientists will likely be able to prove is cause of death. >> our thought is that it is trauma. >> reporter: now to work this out, some of these birds have been sent as far away as wisconsin and georgia. again, robin, all of the incidents are believed to be
purely coincidental. >> hopefully we'll get some definitive answers. all right, matt, thank you very much. coming up on 7:19 and let's get a check of the weather now and say good morning to sam. >> good morning, robin. new shot of cold air means a lot for the northeast. we'll start with what looks to be a good 16 inches of snow overnight last night with some new lake-effect snow. there are two things happening here. a shot of cold air and a shot of moisture. here's what happens in the next couple of days. the cold air sets up in the northeast. today, from minneapolis to chicagoland to detroit, you get about 1 to 2 inches of snow. this is the player that by friday is sitting off the eastern seaboard that means a snow zone from new york city to boston. stay up with your local abc for forecasting there. the good news in the southwest, san francisco at 54. l.a. at 64.
>> southeast rain today. that in the next half hour. george? >> thank you, sam. we have some breaking news right now on the royal wedding. prince william and kate middleton have made a number of decisions about the big day including the route they'll take to buckingham palace. miguel marquez has the latest from london.
miguel? >> reporter: that's right, george, the wedding will start at 11:00 a.m. now we know once they are wed, we know the procession route will be right through the center of history and power in london from parliament square through whitehall along the parade and then the mall. once they get to buckingham palace, the queen will host a reception there. we are likely to see them on a balcony there and probably see them kissing, i am guessing. and after that, prince charles will host a private dinner. there will be dancing at buckingham palace, into the small hours of the morning by close family and friends. george? >> pretty safe guess on the kiss. thank you, miguel. that's coming up on april 29th. >> yeah, that's a safe bet. well, coming up, we have a chilling confession. we have a 10-year-old admitting to fatally shooting his mother. did a fight over chores cause the crime? dick cheney's life-changing decision. after years of health issues and five heart attacks, will he now seek a heart transplant? he may have to make up his mind soon. and the voice that has everyone talking.
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>> welcome back. off to a hazy start around the bay from the roof cam to the south and east. let's take a look at temperatures. we are below freezing around livermore, concord and napa and novato. visibilities are less than a quarter mile novato and livermore. black ice possible there. as far as this afternoon, most of the fog in the central valley. low to mid-50s in the east bay valleys because of the slow burn off the fog. san rafael 51. mid to upper 50s for
when you're listening to nothing but the best of oldies, you're listening to magic 98.9. we'll be right back with more after these words. >> he may be homeless. but what pipes. this man in ohio calls his voice his god-given gift. he's become an internet sensation when people saw this on youtube. he's hoping this will land him a job in radio. once you hear him, you'll understand why. the whole story behind that man and his amazing voice. we say good morning, america. i'm george stephanopoulos. >> i'm robin roberts. we both got our start back in the day in radio. neither one of us sounded like he did. we wish him well. >> a lot better than mine. we have a defining moment for dick cheney. the former vice president has struggled with heart problems for years. and now, must decide if he wants a heart transplant. would he be a good candidate? we're going to take a closer
look. dr. richard besser will be here to talk to us about that. >> "the new york times" reporting this morning he may have to decide this over the next several months. we'll talk to rich about this. also, this couple is giving new meaning to a speedy delivery. the mom was in labor, as they raced to the hospital. the husband hit the gas pedal hard. they got there just in time. just six minutes to spare. but the officer greeted them in the delivery room with a ticket. >> oh. >> we're going to get their reaction in a minute. >> you heard our reaction. ooh. we're going to begin with the shocking shooting of an ohio mom, allegedly, by her 10-year-old son. and juju chang has been covering this for us. good morning, juju. >> good morning, robin. we've been following this all night. and this morning, we have dramatic, eyewitness accounts of the shooting. the 10-year-old's own brother told us the suspect exhibited troublesome anger issues. but thog that could have warned them of what he's being accused
of, killing his mother after a fight over a household chore. >> 911. what is your emergency? >> reporter: overheard during a 911 call, a young boy's stunning confession to his neighbor. >> i shot my mom. >> huh? >> i shot her with a gun. >> you shot your mom? >> yeah. she's dead. >> reporter: police say 10-year-old joseph mcvay, seen here shackled in court a day after the murder, admitted to shooting his mother, 46-year-old deborah mcvay, in the back of her head. the two were having a heated argument over the boy's chores. his mother wanted him to bring in firewood from this pile. he became irate. >> i heard a shot. and then -- mom, she just looked at me. and fell to the ground. >> reporter: 15-year-old shanna mcvay, is his sister and witnessed the deadly altercation. >> he was standing there, looking at her body. and then, pointed the gun at me. and then, i begged him not to shoot me.
and he ran down to the neighbors. and he told them to call 911. >> reporter: at the same time joseph was running to the neighbors' his grandmother who lives next door, also called 911. >> 911, what is your emergency? >> my daughter's been shot in the head. [ crying ] hurry. hurry. hurry. >> reporter: six guns were found in the boy's bedroom, including a loaded rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun. >> we are a country family. with guns and stuff around the house. it was just part of our family. it did come back on us. >> reporter: police say lately, the boy, shown here as an inf t infant, exhibited some behavioral issues. he recently tried to hit a school principal with a dust pan and had a fight with a school bus driver. but his mother came to his
rescue. >> my mother was the best mother i could ask for. anyone could ask for. i know my brother didn't mean to kill his momma. >> reporter: now, family members told us deborah mcvay was a caring mom and cared for disabled people from work. recently, she separated from the boy's father. and one of their arguments involved that mom didn't thing that a 10-year-old should have a gun in his bedroom. he would stay in state custody until he turns 21 and beyond. but his court-appointed lawyer has pled not guilty on his behalf. >> the 911 calls are chilling to hear. thank you. we're going to turn to michael jackson, the hearing on whether his doctor should be tried on manslaughter charges continues today, after an opening where witnesses divulged new details about jackson's physical and mental state before his death. ashleigh banfield is in l.a. with more. more dramatic testimony is expected. good morning. >> reporter: hi, george. we're gearing up for day two in the case of dr. conrad murray, the doctor that's charged in the overdose death of michael jackson a year and half ago.
this is a chance for prosecutors to lay out their case against him. to show him what they've got. it's not a full-blown trial yet. but from the looks of things here, you wouldn't know it. it's the familiar circus that followed michael jackson's legal affairs. only this time, it's jackson's cardiologist, dr. conrad murray, on the hot seat, charged with involuntary manslaughter. michael's mother, katherine, arrives with her son jackie. la toya jackson arooirives with friends. they have come to hear the case against dr. conrad murray. >> i want justice. >> i feel it's going along well. a lot of things were said i didn't agree with. but it's okay. >> reporter: prosecutors say murray acted recklessly by administering the powerful drug propofol, in a home setting, while failing to tell paramedics that on the scene. that he cleaned up viles and medical evidence before calling 911. and that he performed ineffective cpr.
>> he's a heart doctor. doesn't know how to do cpr? that's the biggest lie ever been told. >> we have a gentleman here that needs help. and he's not breathing. >> reporter: june 25, 2009, jackson's personal assistant and his chief of security testify the singer had flatlined in an upstairs bedroom in his mansion. his eyes and mouth are wide open. his eldest son, prince, is watching from the doorway. his daughter, paris, is nearby, on her hands and knees, crying. later at the hospital, as prince pleads for someone to tell doctors about his father's allergies, jackson's manager blurts out their father had suffered a heart attack and died. >> dr. murray is not guilty of causing the death of michael jackson, period. >> reporter: while murray admits to treating jackson's insomnia with a small amount of propofol, he's pleaded not guilty. and his attorneys have hinted that the singer may have injected more himself and accidentally overdosed. jackson's choreographer and director also testified about
the future plans the two of them talked about, just in the weeks before jackson died. jackson wanted to travel extensively in india and japan. and wanted to direct and develop major motion pictures, george? >> ashleigh, thanks very much. now, to juju with the other developing stories right now. >> good morning, again, george. we're going to turn to new devastating images from australia, where the number of cities and downs now under water nearly doubled to 40, as historic flood waters peak. water in some areas are expected to crest at 46 feet, devastating the mining industry. the navy captain behind those lewd videos shot aboard "the uss enterprise," has been fired. his military career is likely over. the navy is investigating why captain owen honors was promoted even after the videos were first shown. and new information of an emergency landing of a united airlines flight from chicago this week. the plane had to land in toronto because the pilot spilled a cup of coffee, accidentally triggering the hijack alert button. and dramatic scene in
colombia you may want to not watch. we want to tell you, the man did survive. an amateur bullfight went wrong. 50 others were injured during this annual festival. that's a quick look at the deadlines. a dangerous mix of alcohol and amateur bullfighting. >> he's okay. >> he's okay. he survived. >> all right, juju, thank you. back over to sam and the weather. >> two things that shouldn't go together. the words amateur and bullfight. >> that's true. >> good point. >> let's start with what's going on in the deep south here. did you realize that parts of east texas, also western louisiana, all the way over to florida's first coast, jacksonville, are in extreme drought? some cases since december. two to three inches below normal. we're taking care of some of that today. we're getting rain all through that entire area and even into atlanta. you'll pick up rain today. 47 in atlanta today. nashville is on the border. there's a line right here in south tennessee that could be icy in this mix here. we advise caution there. here's the rainfall totals of the heaviest rain from mobile to montgomery.
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whether to receive a heart transplant. here's our dr. richard besser. >> reporter: the 65-year-old former vice president, had the first of five heart attacks at age 37. he's had multiple angioplasties, a pacemaker. then, last july, a mechanical pump implanted next to his heart, to help his body pump blood and combat heart failure. >> i have, as everybody's known for a long time, living with coronary artery disease for nearly a quarter of a century now. >> reporter: today, he is notably thinner. "the new york times" reports cheney has recently been spotted shopping for spaghetti sauce. last week, he attended a fund-raiser in wyoming. all indications of a life returning to normal. after cheney left the white house, he wasn't quiet in his criticisms. >> what the administration was slow to do was to come to that recognition, that we are at war. >> reporter: he may now be
facing his own battle. mechanical heart pumps are often a short-term solution. and cheney will now have to decide whether he should put himself on the list for a heart transplant. while there's no age limit, the older the patient, the higher the risks. and there's the wait. thousands are in need. >> even a former vice president has to play by the same rules as everyone else listed for a transplant. and get in line, along with others who are waiting. >> so, rich, what are the rules for a nearly 70-year-old man who has had five heart attacks? is he a prime candidate? >> there's a national system that's trying to prevent people from jumping the line. he is a typical candidate. he's getting older. what we hear from experts is age 70 is not at all a bad factor for a transplant. >> he could decide after? >> not at all. the fact he has a pump in there puts him higher on the list. it's saying his heart is not doing the job.
and he should be higher on the list in terms of getting a transplant. >> and if someone wanted to, designate, their heart or someone in their family's heart, or something, goes to dick cheney, can they do that? >> it's more common for other organs, like livers and kidneys. within hour fours of a heart stopping, you have to get it in the recipient. the person would have to be at the same place as the vice president and be a perfect match. surgeons have done that on occasion. but very rare. >> it brings up the situation with organ donation. 3,000 people waiting for a heart transplant. if people are interested, they can do what? >> it's 20,000 waiting for all organs. every state, allows you to put it on your driver's license. it's on mine. and everyone should have it on theirs. in the horrible event that something happens, giving the gift of life, to have you or one of your relatives prolong someone's life is a true blessing. >> really important. when we come back, there's new hope for a homeless man with a very special gift.
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"around the watercooler," we love this story this morning. talking about a man getting a second chance and using his voice to get that second chance. we've all seen homeless people. and usually, they're at the freeway. well, this man's name is ted williams. and somebody, a reporter from "the columbus dispatch" newspaper in ohio, saw him
holding this sign. and he was asking him for help. and then, this gentleman, ted williams, spoke. and it was no ordinary voice. take a listen. >> when you're listening to nothing but the best of oldies, you're listening to magic 98.9. thank you so much. god bless you. thank you. and we'll be back with more right after these words. >> he didn't want to give up the mic. >> your chance to win a pair of tickets -- >> he used to work on the air. but he had fallen on hard times, as well. >> that's right. here's his story. >> morning radio. at 14, i listened to one of our area radio announcers. and i went, as a field trip, to go meet the guy. and he looked nothing like what he sounded like. so, i asked him about that. and he said to me, listen. radio is defined, theater of mind. when he said theater of mind, i said, hey. i can't be an actor. i can't be an on-air personality. but the voice just became
something of a development over the years. and i went to school for it. and alcohol and drugs and a few other things became a part of my life. and i got two years clean. >> yeah. >> wow. >> he was admitting that he had those problems. and came clean. he's been on the radio in columbus, ohio, this morning. and the radio station could not offer him a job. a lot of people have called in. and they've offered him some work. >> i mean, this is a fortune to be made. and there are people who have wonderful careers in this. this guy can do movie trailers. he can do any kind of product announcement. and they look for voices like this. >> he says, with such sincerity. i'm two years clean. i'm looking for a second chance. i'm admitting my mistakes. it was really sweet. >> he compared himself to job, and said god had saved his life and gave him a second chance. >> every homeless person has a story. there's a reason why they are there. we should take the time to listen to them.
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♪ life in the fast lane surely make you lose your mind ♪ ♪ life in the fast lane there is almost new life in the fast lane. a couple rushing to get to the hospital in time to have their son. and as the husband, the father, was leaving the delivery room, he was driving the car, got slapped with a speeding ticket. many people are outraged. but the new hampshire police, standing by their actions. you see the beautiful family. of course, a patriots fan. we're going to talk to the family in a moment. >> baby kyle doesn't usually get up this early. but he's here with us this morning. they have their second court date coming up this week. and becky worley is at the consumer electronics show, looking for the most amazing gadgets that will be on sale. she'll tell us what we won't be able to live without.
>> becky is in her glory being there. and a happy day for valerie bertinelli. she tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend, tom, in a surprise ceremony. we have the details and a first look at the wedding pictures. >> nice, big smile. also, we're going to have some laughs this morning. roseanne barr is here, with a new book. she's looking at her loves, her grudges. and thget this, her plan to run for president. roseanne barr is getting in the race. we'll find out how serious she is in a little bit. >> it is a clever title. >> "roseannearchy." and now, our daily duel. two advice gurus are going head to head, facing off with their answers to one of your questions. fran harris of dallas and amy kean of new york are duking it out today. go to abcnews.com/gma, to weigh in on their answers. do that online. first, more on the winning tickets to one of the largest jackpots in history. one of the golden tickets was sold in washington state. and neal karlinsky -- i'll swing over here. and neal karlinsky is in seattle with the latest. good morning, neal.
>> reporter: good morning, robin. two, very lucky winners this morning. one from washington state, where i am right how to. the other, from just across the border in idaho. the washington state winner is from the tiny town of ephrata, purchased in a safeway grocery store. those are 4, 8, 15, 25, 47 and 42. now, we don't know the exact details on the winners, whether they're individual or, as is so often the case, groups of people that went in on the ticket. we know they will share $355 million. that breaks down to about $224 million that they'll split. and for the winner in washington state, they have one good benefit on their said. that is no state income tax here.
robin? >> we broke down the numbers earlier, neal. we don't know who they are. but we know they're rich this morning. good for them. thanks, neal. appreciate it. now, for a look at the other top stories, let's go back to juju at the newsdesk. >> good morning again, robin. we're going turn to breaking news out of washington. white house press secretary robert gibbs is leaving the inner circle. a new congress is being sworn in today. this morning, they're scaling back their campaign promise to cut $100 billion in government spending. investigators are baffled this morning by the murder of a white house aide. they have yet to figure out who killed john wheeler. they know when and where he was last seen alive. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: police in delaware are working feverishly to fill in a critical 18-hour gap in the life and death of john wheeler iii. the word mystery is overused sometimes. but this feels like a mystery. >> it does.
it does. we don't have the answers yet. >> reporter: wheeler was last seen in wilmington on december 30th at 3:30 p.m., on the corner of tenth avenue and orange street. a day earlier, just a couple blocks away, wheeler had an odd encounter with a parking attendant. >> it was cold out this evening. he had one shoe on. he was wandering around. >> reporter: police don't know yet who killed him. but they do know his body was dumped at 9:56 a.m. in this landfill. ten miles away, they found disturbing clues. the garbage truck held the first key to the case. police traced the garbage pick-up to ten dumpsters in a one-mile area. wheeler's body was stuffed in one of them. in fact, this could be the dumpster. from there, the trail grows cold and the case gets harder. they still have no idea where wheeler was murdered. >> you would love to have a crime scene. obviously, that gives you forensics to work with.
possibly what actually caused his death. >> reporter: authorities are focusing on a dispute between wheeler and one of his neighbors about the construction in front of his house in nearby new castle. by his neighbors. >> very well-liked. >> reporter: there's only shock and pain. pierre thomas, abc news, new castle, delaware. a terrifying encounter for three men fishing off the coast of australia. a 16-foot great white shark started circling their boat, then went in for the kill. sinking his teeth into the motor. the men escaped unharmed. they later found the shark's tooth on the propeller. wedding pictures of valerie bertinelli and her long-time love, tom vitale, for the new issue of "people." it was a new year's day surprise wedding. guests received an e-mail invitation offering a special event. those included bertinelli's ex-husband, eddie van halen, and his wife. the wedding took place at the bride's malibu home. you can see more of the pictures in the new issue of "people,"
hitting newsstands this week. isn't that nice? and we send them our congratulations. yay. that's the news. time for the weather and sam. >> there's few people nicer than valerie bertinelli, right? >> they're a lovely couple. >> and you know them because you spent a little bit of time doing a story with them. >> absolutely. they're really supportive of each other. they actually lost weight together. and they support each other in every way. >> that's a good thing to know. say good morning, everybody. let it out. wait a minute. no. no. i would even say -- put the camera back on the close-up and pull out again. this is a re-do. say good morning, everybody. let's do it right. that was a little bit better. what happened? no coffee this morning? what's going on? when i walked in this morning, you guys were all really happy. when it's tv time, it's like -- good morning. [ laughter ] let's get to the boards. one or two things going on we want to talk about as you head out the door. we start with a live shot out of cleveland. our friends at wews-tv.
there's a little snowshowers in the area. high temperature about 30 degrees. you're part of the arctic blast that opens up. it could be a big snowmaker. the snow zone is likely to be from new york city all the way into boston. your local abc stations have the best handle on who gets snow when. here's the warmup. yep, 64 degrees in l.a. today. abou >> i know how it goes. some mornings you don't have the
juice and the energy. i know how it goes. george, we're waiting for you in the next half hour. we're going to turn to baby kyle coughlin. he wouldn't wait to be born. last fall, his parents had to race to the hospital, literally, to get to the delivery room in time. what happened on the way made for an unforgettable birthday. it began on this darkened, new hampshire highway, around 3:00 in the morning. john and angela coughlin were headed to the hospital to deliver their new son. then, suddenly, angela's water broke. >> my wife's in labor. her water just broke. i'm on the way to the hospital. >> sir, stay on the line with me. is she okay? >> reporter: the hospital was still ten minutes away. so john sped up. way up. 102 miles per hour, down interstate 293. the speed limit's just 55. then, john heard sirens. a state trooper. >> i'm being pulled over by a cop. >> reporter: john kept driving, telling 911 dispatchers, he couldn't stop. >> he's right behind me. i don't want him to think i'm running him. you can hear her screaming.
i gotta get there. the baby's going to come out. and we're right at the hospital. >> reporter: dispatchers told the trooper what was happening. instead of pulling them over, he escorted the coughlins to a hospital. >> sir, the baby has not been born at all yet, right? >> no. almost. i think -- i think the officer's help me. he's in front of me now. i'm at the hospital now. >> reporter: they made it just in time. six minutes later, baby kyle was born. kyle wasn't the only surprise the coughlins got that morning. outside, the trooper was waiting. with a speeding ticket. >> he said two things. good news, bad news. congratulations on the son. and bad news is, i'll see you in court. >> 102 miles per hour this gentleman was clocked at, by the uniformed trooper. that's excessive, regardless of the situation. and we are joined, now, by the coughlins. john and angela, their baby, kyle, their daughter, alexis. thanks for getting up early this morning. see kyle squirming a little bit. >> yeah. >> take us back to the morning
when he was born. what happened when you got in the car? >> we got in the car. it was normal labor. every four or five minutes. we were heading to the hospital. and my water broke on the way. and then, it was time to push. he was coming out. like, it had changed completely. >> john, instinct took over. you just rallied. >> yep. i knew i had to get them to safety. and i knew i could make it to the hospital. >> did you realize how fast you were going? >> i didn't realize how fast i was going at all. until he gave me the ticket. >> but you did contact 911, along the way, as we said, in the piece. you thought basically, you were following the rules? >> yep. i knew that he was trying to pull me over. i thought the best thing to do was call 911 and let them know that i'm going this fast for a reason. 911 got in touch with him. he escorted me the rest of the way to the hospital.
and then, waited in the emergency room while we gave birth. and then, handed me the ticket. >> just an incredible moment, to think about you walking out of the delivery room. i imagine you with a bunch of cigars in your pocket, all happy. and you walk out. and this police officer serves you with a ticket. what did he say? >> he said congratulations on your son. and the bad news is, i'm going to have to see you in court. >> was he smiling? was he laughing? was he serious? >> i was in a different moment at the time. it didn't hit me what the ticket meant or anything like that. >> did you ever even say anything back to him? did you put it in your pocket and walk away? >> i put it in a pocket and walked upstairs with these two. >> angela, what did you think when you heard that part of the story? >> well, he told me on the way up to the room. and i was shocked. i couldn't believe it. i thought once we went to the first court date, it would get thrown out. i thought it was nonsense. i thought maybe he had to write
the ticket because he called it in. but i didn't know it would escalate this far. >> you went to court for your first court date. you're moving on to the second hearing. is it this week? >> monday. >> monday. and you're going to fight this all the way. why not just pay the ticket? >> they said i could lose my license. >> if you pay the ticket? if you plead guilty? >> yes. if i plead guilty, yes. >> do you get any sense from the judge that he might consider these extenuating circumstances and give you a break? >> i haven't seen a judge yet. i can't imagine that he wouldn't or she wouldn't. >> and you're ready to make your case. you ought to bring kyle with you. >> yes. i'm sure that he'll go. >> looks like he's doing great. is he a happy baby? >> he is. >> very happy baby. >> good for you.
i'm sorry for what you had to go through on that day. like i said, i'm still mystified that you got the ticket. but we'll see what happens when you go to court this week. thank you very much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> thank you. and when we come back, the one and only roseanne barr is here. and she is live. [ male announcer ] got a cold? [ sniffles ] [ male announcer ] not sure what to take? now click on the robitussin relief finder at robitussin.com. click on your symptoms. get the right relief. ♪ makes the cold aisle easy. ♪ the robitussin relief finder. it's that simple. i'm 43. [ female announcer ] only roc® retinol correxion deep wrinkle night cream is clinically proven to give 10 years back to te look of skin, diminishing the look of even deep wrinkles.
buckle up, folks. roseanne barr is back, making us laugh. she has a brand-new book. "roseannearchy: dispatches from the nut farm." in it, she shares her hilarious thoughts from politics to aging. roseanne barr, it's great to see you. >> great to see you, too. >> clever cover there. >> isn't it? i thought, get them all. i was thinking rush limbaugh, kind of. a left wing, rush limbaugh kind of thing. >> "dispatches from the nut farm." people will think one thing. but you're living and working on a nut farm. >> yeah. i have a nut farm. i grow macadamia nuts. i think macadamia nuts have a future for this planet.
and i'm serious about it. they're the perfect protein. >> okay. >> and they don't have any carbohydrate. and the only fat they have, is a lot. but it's the good kind. it's better than beef. >> got you. >> no greenhouse gases. nice nuts. >> sounds perfect. >> yeah. >> whatever is working for you, because you look fantastic. >> oh, you're nice. >> i am nice. but you do look good. >> thanks. the nuts agree with me. >> oh. momma. momma, where are you? you've written before. >> this is my third book. >> exactly. you've been writing all your life. >> all my life, like a crazy person. hmm. but always like somebody said. it's a disorder. graph something -- they call it a disorder where you write for hours and hours every day. but i've always done it. and after i sort through it, some of it makes kind of sense. and i kind of how i wrote this book. >> after reading the book, i do have a better sense of who you
are. >> really? >> i did not realize, half-jewish, half-mormon. >> all-jewish. i mean, you know, but my mother took us to the mormon church. it kind of fit in with our neighbors. >> in salt lake city. >> in salt lake city. >> how was that growing up? what was that like? >> it was weird. i had an orthodox jewish family. we were talking about god all the time. and then, when we moved over by the mormons, it was kind of cool. they were always talking about god all the time, too. it wasn't that big of a switch. but then, it was like two, different kind -- you know? i don't know. it made me -- woo. >> it made you who you are. >> it made me integrate two different things. and that's been a good thing for me. >> it's worked for you. it really has. >> i know. >> and also reading, you talk a lot about ages. >> that is i'm getting old. i -- don't say old.
if that makes you mad. don't say old. you're not old. i am old. >> how old are you? >> i'm 58 years old. >> that's not old. >> i am old. i'm post menopausal. i'm gray. and i'm loving it. and i'm tired of people talking it down. not that you are. not to get confrontational. it's okay to be old. it's kind of hot. okay, maybe it's not. but it's cool, though. i feel, you know -- i just feel better. and i feel more content. and i have some peace. i think maybe you get that when you get older. >> that's what i like about how you wrote it in the book. you can tell you're embracing it. not making excuses. you're totally embracing it. >> i'm doing the very best i can do with what i've got. and i have to give myself that. i really am. it's hard to be me and wake up really early when i feel like yelling at everybody in the world. and be really nice. that is not easy.
>> but you said, roseanne, that you mellowed. >> i know. >> when you had your hit show on abc. >> yeah. >> that you were -- it was great. >> i was way too nervous. and panicked all the time. what's that? >> but you're not like that anymore. >> i'm less like that now. >> that's a way of putting it. >> yes. >> george wanted me to get to this. what's this about you running for president? >> i'm running for president of these united states of america. plus, it's a two-fer. also, prime minister of israel. it's a first. and the reason i'm doing that is because -- it's true. because i just realized. my whole life that i've been doing all this writing, this unending writing, it talks about saving the world. jeez. you're 58. you already figured everything out. you have done a sitcom. you have five grandkids and five grown kids. what are you going to do? you're going to live a less-stressful life and save the
world. so, in my effort to be less stressful than in the past, i figured out solutions for the easiest way a problem can be solved. i think i'm the only candidate that says stuff like that. i think we should target a problem and solve it. and i figured out how we can do that. that's what i'm running on. solutions that actually work. and don't destroy the environment in the process. >> what's the solution to the unemployment crisis? >> jobs. >> oh. there you go. you have it. silly me. silly me. >> well, thank you for asking. >> that would be the solution. you are -- well, you probably could go to office with answers like that. you're happy -- content. you don't like happy. >> people say, are you happy? happy's kind of -- doesn't seem that real. content, like i said. i'm just repeating myself so i don't sound horrible. content is cool. >> are you thinking about a
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the next hour. the fog into the east bay valleys with low to mid-50s there. mid to upper 50s for the rest ♪ everybody saying whoa i just want to keep hearing tim mcgraw. his latest number one hit, "feels good on my lips." he has a new movie, called "country strong." he'll tell us why the producers had to twist his arm to do the film. and about the on-set prank he played on gwyneth paltrow. he is a prankster, george. be careful with him. we say good morning, america. with george, i'm robin. you're right about that. >> it will be fun in the studio. we're having a lot of fun. we're full of stars today. >> we want to show a little bit of a prank. roseanne barr was talking about running for president. this is what tim was doing on the couch.
>> she has her first vote. he's not the most energetic campaigner. but that's okay. >> it's a start. also this half hour, ricki lake. part of our new year, new you series. she's here to talk about childhood obesity. she had her own struggles with weight. she has a new book and a new website and strategies to help on this important problem. the rate of childhood obesity has tripled in the last three decades. it's a huge problem right now. we'll talk to her about that. our tech guru, becky worley. she is in her glory this morning because she's at the consumer electronics show in las vegas, to show us the gadgets we'll all be wanting this year. first, back to juju, with a very special guest. >> we do. for our warm hearts and warm coats coat drive, people all over the country have been chipping in. you can create warm friendships through all of this. last year, deb came on-air, on "gma," to donate dozens of handmade scarves. that's when lynn saw what deb did.
inspired her. and she asked to put them in touch. a year later, deb and lynn have joined forces to knit more scarves for the coat drive. now, they're meeting each other for the very first time. what was that meeting like? you've been coordinating over a year. >> it was very exciting. the minute we came down from the hotel. i knew it was deb, in the lobby waiting, with a big hug. it was wonderful. >> that's lovely. you managed to e-mail and forge a friendship coordinating all of these. i'm wearing one of your creations. it matches my shirt. we'll soon donate. a lot were gently-used, as well as knit by hand by both of you. >> gently-worn. doesn't matter if it's knitted or worn. >> you found friends were donating more than just one? >> yes. i live in cold country. so, four, five, six, whatever they had. it was wonderful. >> were you able to knit more this year? >> yes. sam asked me, i didn't count. mine was well over, 50, 60. >> i'm going to ask you to start
throwing these into the bin. it's not too late. january 15th is the deadline. go to ebay, via abcnews.com/coatdrive. you can get one of the coats signed by sting, or donnie and marie. or go to burlington coat factory, as well. the coats auctioned off on ebay will then be used to buy more coats. so, feel free to get involved, like you two ladies did. thank you so much for being here. now, we're going to check in with sam. >> i remember it well. welcome back. thank you for starting something that everybody is doing now. we're getting a lot of folks. we sure do. a lot of folks want to donate. hi. i'm over here. i was talking to deb for a second. kristen, by the way, we're making television and radio stars on the show, you want to be a weathercaster, right? where are you going to school? >> i'm at the university of north texas. and i plan to go to o.u., when i graduate. >> nicely spoken. and a lovely, young lady.
stay, let's do some weather. let's get to the boards. oh. and just handed her a mic. let's do weather. first of all, we want to start with a live shot in new orleans. and new orleans, by the way. i don't know if you were keeping up with the weather today. were you keeping up with the weather? >> just new york. and it's cold. >> it is cold. in new orleans, there's a little bit of rain going on there. one of the areas below normal in rainfall. about three inches. we'll show you who gets what. and talk a little about the map. it's all over the southeast. who is getting rain today? >> definitely montgomery, it looks like and atlanta. >> getting some showers during the day today. a quick look at the big board. the only thing we're concerned about. see the area of patchy purple in tennessee? that could be a slip and slide if some of the moisture freezes. nice in the southwest. go ahead, kristen. >> this weather report has been
brought to you by red lobster. george? >> well done, kristen. we're going to turn to our new year, new you series. the epidemic of childhood obesity has tripled over the last two decades. it's an issue our next guest knows as well as anyone. ricki lake started as tracy turnblad, in "hairspray." as her career grew, so did ricki. then, her career stalled out. only after dropping 100 pounds? just 6 months, was she on her own talk show, ricki lake. that didn't end her struggles, though. now, she's collected the wisdom through painful experiences, in a new book "too small to be big." and it's families facing childhood obesity. you wrote it with an expert. thank you so much for coming on. >> thank you for covering this issue. clearly, everyone is talking about it. everyone is talking about the problem.
and no one seems to be talking about the solution. because of my own personal journey, everyone has watched through my career. and being a mom, i'm really concerned about the state of where our next generation is going to be. >> it's critical because it leads to so many other health problems for children as they grow older. >> and happens earlier and earlier. dr. john monaco, this amazing pediatrician, that's as passionate about this cause, as anyone i've met. he was seeing 13-year-old kids coming in 300 pounds and heart disease. and juvenile diabetes. and only if people had access to the information. we're giving this book away on our website. allstride.com. >> we see it spreading and spreading. but for you, your struggles were rooted in personal trauma, right at the age of 9. >> actually earlier. that's when i started to gain weight. i was 6 or 7 years old, when i was molested. that's typical. as much as it's a tragedy and a horrible thing, i don't want any child to go through, it's very common. and in many cases, people turn to food after that.
that's what happened to me. you know, i think we just need to get information out there to families about how to feed our children better. about portion control. and on top of, you know, the everyday struggles that we have. >> what is the single-most important thing you would want to tell a family? >> i think, buying unprocessed foods, i think is really important. and getting kids moving. i think we're too sedentary, with computers and video games and the lack of phys-ed programs in schools. i think we need to be active. if we do it as a family and a community, i think we can maybe change what's going to happen. i understand that this generation, our young people of today, is the first generation that's not going to outlive us because of these issues, because of obesity in america. >> how do you deal with it with your own boys? >> you know, it's something i'm very conscious of. for me, as a child, my family didn't sit down to dinner every night. it wasn't the norm. i would feed myself a dinner. i'm trying to make changes at
dinnertime. we sit together as a family. we eat real food. clean food. and, you know, i'm lucky. i'm not like everybody else who is working two jobs, families have two jobs. they don't have the income or the money to buy organic and shop at whole foods like i do. i think the tools in this book and in this program, are ones that anyone can follow. >> you've been working on this for a long time. you were saying just before we came on the air that this project started four years ago. >> more than four years ago. >> now, it's become a huge political football. you have the first lady, michelle obama, making it her cause. and then, all of a sudden, sarah palin, takes her on. i want to show you a bit of this in her reality show. >> where is the -- michelle obama who said the other day we should not have dessert. >> your reaction when you see it batted politically. >> for me, it's a personal struggle. i still, every day. i have great success. and i'm less than 1% of people that kept it off over a really
long period of time. but if we don't do something, as parents, as educators, as professionals, we need to take seriously this pandemic is going to greatly affect our future generations. >> you have the book. "too small to be big." tell us about the website, allstride. >> you need to have a community. there's an online community for mentoring. for kids the same ages. to be mentored by kids that had success. to find others going through the same thing. and for parents to reach out to other parents. we have john monaco, the pediatrician, a nutritionist. robert ferguson, and amazing fitness expert. there's amazing tools and resources. and great people on there to help. >> it's so clear that this drives you. you also spent 11 years in daytime television. >> i did. >> ready to come back? >> i was thinking you did the teleprompter better than i did. i like the platform. that's what i miss. i like being able to talk to real people every day about issues that i care about and they do, too.
i don't know. i like my -- i like what i do. i do advocacy work and projects that i truly believe in. you know, this one is like no other. i really put my money into this business and company. and i believe in it. and i'm happy to come out. when i do, out of my little home in brentwood, and speak out for things i care about. >> thanks for coming on. >> thank you. it's a pleasure to see you. >> you can see more and a personal story on her "primetime" "celebrity weight loss, what really happens" at 10:00, 9:00 central. when we come back, the star of "country strong," tim mcgraw. he's here live. 4'4'4'4'4'4'4'4''
♪ 'cause i'm country strong that is gwyneth paltrow. she was here earlier in the week. singing in the new movie "country strong." tim mcgraw stars as her long-suffering manager/husband. and he starts off the new year with the number one single. not bad. >> that singer's a pretty good actor. >> you better be glad you guys are so close. you guys became very tight. >> she's a good girl. >> you did not want to do this film. >> i didn't. i read the script. i loved the script. it was written so well.
the characters were so rich. and i loved it. it's tough. i think hopefully i've gotten past this part of it, where a producer or director looks at me and their first thought is not, am i going to be a distraction when fans come to the theater and see me on screen because they know me so well from another world. hopefully i've gotten past that. i just thought that putting myself in the world that i come from, and playing a character might be too much to ask of an audience. you know, i had a lot of confidence and the director, the cast around me. and so, that's what really swayed me. i saw "the greatest," to give me perspective about what her abilities were and how she was -- through her eyes, i would see how she was going to direct it. >> you have grown so much on the big screen. you know i love you. i'm being honest here. you have truly come into your
own. and watching your character, at first, didn't want to like you. i didn't want to like your character. but there's something vulnerable about him. >> well, i think, for me, my approach on this character, didn't think he was a bad guy at all. i looked at it, he was the only grown-up in the film. he had to make the tough decisions. he was trying to make the best decisions he could. you might not agree with everything he did. but you can empathize with him. that, to me, is the greatest accomplishment. or the best thing you can hope for, to create empathy for a character. >> let's play a clip here. gwyneth, your wife in the movie, just got out of rehab. she's home for the first night. she wants a little -- get a little close to you. and you're not really into it. and this is what happens. >> okay. >> that's pretty good, huh? >> the first time i heard you sing, i knew, i wasn't much of a
church man. but that must be what angels sound like. >> i love it. >> that's good. because it's true. >> it's so sweet. you all are having your issues. but working it through. and so relatable. and this is something i also know about you. and gwyneth, talked about it a little bit. we saw it with roseanne. you're a prankster. didn't you do something with her on the set? >> there's a scene in the movie. this movie is such a great love story, i think. beneath everything going on in the film, it's a true love story. there was a scene in her dressing room, in the film. she has to hit me. we did the take a couple times. one time, i sort of leaned in a little too quick and too close. and got nailed. she has a good right hook. the next day, when i was in the makeup trailer, i had a makeup artist paint a black eye on me. i walked on set to get ready for the shoot and i had this black
eye. they were mortified. and she was almost in tears, she was so sorry about it. i went her go on for as long as i possibly could. her and the director were very upset. i said, the good thing about a black eye when you're in the movies, you can just wipe it off. i wiped it off. and then, i got beat up. i had bruises everywhere after that one. >> how is this working? you're going great guns, still, with the guys, and touring. you have other movies you're working on. how are the two jiving? >> music is my love. besides my family, of course. that's what brung me to the dance, so to speak. i wouldn't be able to do movies. nobody's going to go find me on the street and me to do movies. i have a small window of opportunity where i can -- i have to find a script i like. i have to find a script that is being shot during the timeframe i have. and i can't just walk in and say, i want that part, give it
to me. i have to see if they want me in the part. and i have to win the part. all the things have to come together. >> you may be doing a movie with denzel. >> and ryan reynolds. yeah. that's next. we're trying to work out the semantics. >> what do you like about that? >> i get to kill somebody. that's what i like about that. it's always nice -- i got a few people in mind, too. it will be pretty good -- i got something i can use for my acting. >> all right. well, tim, continued blessings and success. give faith and the girls all of our love. so happy for everything going your way. "country strong," opens this friday. next, becky worley. friday. next, becky worley. the coolest
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in las vegas. all of the newest, in the pads and the tablets. and a stringless guitar? >> a stringless guitar and a tablet with a convertible keyboard. this is the asus eee pad transformer. it has a 16-hour battery life. we're seeing lots of different form factors with the tablets. this is the pocket edge. it's got an e-reader on one side. and on the other side, a full tablet. aimed squarely at the collegiate market. now this, is the moby by marvel. this is a tablet that's supposed to retail for less than $200, aimed at the education market. but look at this. this is one thing we're seeing. this is a vizio tv that comes with -- you can buy it in concert with a phone. >> right. >> and a tablet. so, all these things will talk
to each other. >> oh. >> another example of this is samsung. their remote for the tv is a touch-screen. it will is a qwerty keyboard. and it will have a video that plays when you have to go to the john. >> all of the stuff is linked together. we're going to have a phone, tv, and computer all in one kind of like thing? >> all in one. and connected. bringing the technology together. that's what the bloggy is. this is from tony. a 3d video camera. you can display that. we're seeing docking stations for ipods and ipads that also work with apps. this one takes your blood pressure. strangely related, this one will tell you the temperature of your meat on your ipad. my hand is 42 degrees, by the way. >> exactly. >> now, the fun stuff.
this is the kitara digital guitar. revolutionizing the guitar. finally, for parents, worried about teen drivers. from taser, this is their protector system. it tells you when your kids are speeding. it tells you where they've been. and it locks their cell phone so they cannot text or call when they're driving. peace of mind. and keeping teen drivers safe. it's happening here at the ces, sam. >> becky is giving you the highlights. if you want to know details on that and other cool stuff that she found, all that is waiting for you. right now, go to the tablet board thing attachedur weigh le.
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